10/19/17 Prospect Report: Flat Creek

Associated Area

Driving Directions

Stubblefield Access -From the junction of Highways 39 and 248 in Barry County, take Highway 248 west 2.50 miles, then Farm Road 1195 north 2.50 miles.

Lower Flat Creek Access - From the Highway 39/Route EE junction in Barry County, take Route EE east 3 miles.


Flat Creek is a small clear Ozark stream that flows generally in an easterly direction from its headwaters near Cassville to its inundation near Cape Fair by Table Rock Lake. Missouri Department of Conservation provides two accesses on Flat Creek. Stubblefield Access is approximately 2 miles west of Jenkins, Missouri. Lower Flat Creek Access is just downstream of the Hwy EE crossing 3 miles east of Clio, Missouri.  Surveys conducted in the fall of 2017 found good smallmouth bass and rock bass populations. Smallmouth bass were abundant and should provide anglers the opportunity to encounter numerous fish up to 15 inches in length.  Rock bass (goggle-eye) are numerous especially in moving water associated with boulders or woody cover. Rock bass up to nine inches in length were observed in all survey locations. Preferred artificial baits for both species include crayfish-colored crankbaits, soft plastic jigs and worms fished around logs and boulders. Live bait (crayfish and worms) also work well.